Friend remembers Nelson Co. flood victims

NELSON COUNTY (WKYT) - Storms over the weekend claimed five lives in Kentucky. Three of the victims died in Nelson county when flood waters swept away their SUV.

Officials say the driver of the SUV tried to cross a bridge along Dee head Road on Sunday morning. The SUV was swept off the bridge and went into the rushing waters of the Rolling Fork River. Two of the five people inside, Jason Newberry and Debbie Puyera, managed to get out. Jason's wife Cindy, Chris Gray, and Don Paul Allen were trapped inside. All three were killed.

Friends say they were all regulars at the Wagon Wheel in nearby Raywick. Joey Miles says Allen was his best friend and he wants something done about the bridge.

"It wouldn't take that much to take a little money and put in a guardrail," Miles says, " We're already missing three friends of ours. There's no sense in another family have to go through that."

Emergency management officials say high winds may have blown a road closed sign over.

Two others died during the weekend storms, including a man in Carroll county and another man in Ballard county.


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